- the policy of extending the rule or authority of an empire or nation over foreign countries, or of acquiring and holding colonies and dependencies.
- advocacy of imperial or sovereign interests over the interests of the dependent states.
- imperial government; rule by an emperor or empress.
- an imperial system of government.
- British. the policy of so uniting the separate parts of an empire with separate governments as to secure for certain purposes a single state.
Origin of imperialism
Related Words for imperialismimperialism, development, progress, expansionism, colonialism, neocolonialism
Examples from the Web for imperialism
Contemporary Examples of imperialism
Like imperialism, the foundation of humanitarianism is that the West knows best.Confronting George Clooney’s Critics on South Sudan
October 7, 2014
Stringer depicts a country that is beset by complications of both past imperialism and current globalism.This Week’s Hot Reads: Feb. 24, 2014
February 24, 2014
Ottoman imperialism is now religiously overlooked for inclusion in postcolonial studies at Western universities.Best Books About the Rest of the World
December 24, 2013
Because for the global left, imperialism is the great sin of the modern world.The Real Problem With the American Studies Association's Boycott of Israel
December 17, 2013
Terms like “racism,” “colonialism” and “imperialism” came straight out of the Communist playbook for demonizing enemies.Delegitimizing Israel Makes Peace Harder to Achieve
February 28, 2013
Historical Examples of imperialism
The Sahara desert is just as good a field for imperialism, and a lot closer to home.Valley of Dreams
Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
In short, the commercial excuse for Imperialism is actually obsolete.
"Trade supplies no explanation of Imperialism," says Mr. Brailsford (p. 75).
What came then was not Imperialism; it was Anti-Imperialism.A Short History of England
G. K. Chesterton
We have no satire yet on militarism, or imperialism, or the Monroe doctrine.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
- the policy or practice of extending a state's rule over other territories
- an instance or policy of aggressive behaviour by one state against another
- the extension or attempted extension of authority, influence, power, etc, by any person, country, institution, etccultural imperialism
- a system of imperial government or rule by an emperor
- the spirit, character, authority, etc, of an empire
- advocacy of or support for any form of imperialism
1826, "advocacy of empire," originally in a Napoleonic context, also of Rome and of British foreign policy, from imperial + -ism. At times in British usage (and briefly in U.S.) with a neutral or positive sense relating to national interests or the spread of the benefits of Western civilization, but from the begining usually more or less a term of reproach. General sense of "one country's rule over another," first recorded 1878. Picked up disparagingly in Communist jargon by 1918.
It is the old story of 1798, when French republicanism sick of its own folly and misdeeds, became metamorphosed into imperialism, and consoled itself for its incapacity to found domestic freedom by putting an iron yoke upon Europe, and covering it with blood and battle-fields. [Francis Lloyd, "St. James's Magazine," January 1842]
Acquisition by a government of other governments or territories, or of economic or cultural power over other nations or territories, often by force. Colonialism is a form of imperialism.